House conservatives determined to slash spending relent on compromise deal
August 1st, 2012
09:28 PM ET
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House conservatives determined to slash spending relent on compromise deal

Washington (CNN) - A congressional deal announced this week by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid would extend current government spending levels for six months, putting off threats of a government shutdown until after the November election decides the makeup of a new House and Senate.

The compromise denies conservative House Republicans - including tea party-backed freshmen - their strongest negotiating tool to enact the spending cuts they promised when running for Congress in 2010. But rather than opposing the deal, conservative legislators said Wednesday they were the ones pushing for it.

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  1. Squigman

    Slashing spending is fine. It's doubtful anyone would disagree with the premise. That being said, it's not slashing that's the problem. The problem is where and how much to slash. Not one person in the (hard headed), republican side of the equation will even consider slashing their pay, or benefits. No one will discuss military waste, or republican sacred cows that need rendering. And it would be nice to see the republican majority in the house voted out in November.

    August 1, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The leaderless house is running around like a chicken with its head cut off. They are as confused as Mittens. KMA Mittens.

    August 1, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. 2020

    GOP slash spending but passed law to give millionnaire billionnaire another round of tax cut. what it sound like to you?

    GREECE. Should send all GOP should take a public finance 101, or send them to Greece.

    All these no brainer!!!

    August 1, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. chuck weidemann

    Put government to work ,earn your paycheck,find solutions....if freshmen congressional members can't deal with these realities...get another job where you can flap your mouths and do nothing. This country has gone through to much to let a handful of idiots screw it all up.

    August 1, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  5. J.V.Hodgson

    What level of intellect is it in the house that proposes legislation that is:-
    a) In oppostion to a law the SCOTUS says is constituional =health care.
    b) Constantly claims to be creating jobs but funding it by effectively repealing part of health care... that were bound not to pass, even if it meant an Obam veto.
    c) Opposes tax cuts for small business and special loan benefits for same because unfunded or must come again from health care cuts. this id demagoguery not government.
    d) Opposes tooth and nail the AJA which CBO said worked re reducing unemployment, increasing GDP and was at least budget neutral and debt neutral. But enter Grover Norquist ( who elected him??) and pledgees no tax increases and never mind the American economic recovery... Obama one term president.
    Guess what Republicans win Novemnber and democrats will return the favor!! all of them.
    The American system of politics has become so influenced by money / big business and a failure to have fair checks and balance rules and procedures that a minority opposition can make it that 60 senate votes are needed to pass a bill nonsense, and one senator can hold up almost forever an administration appointee to any position requiring senate approval... even bigger nonsense.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    August 2, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  6. Thomas

    The compromise denies conservative House Republicans – including tea party-backed freshmen – their strongest negotiating tool to enact the spending cuts they promised when running for Congress in 2010. But rather than opposing the deal, conservative legislators said Wednesday they were the ones pushing for it.

    Don't you just love the way the Tea Boehner's put a spin on everything they do .

    August 2, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  7. Marry

    "I want to put the funding of the government in the first 100 days of the Romney administration, which I believe is forthcoming," Duncan said Tuesday.
    "If you win an election, it's usually better to wait for reinforcements to arrive," Huelskamp said.

    Does the GOP/TP really think we have forgotten and will vote for the party of “NO” and “OBSTRUCTION”?? Dreamers!!!!

    August 2, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  8. Fortinbras

    Holy smokes! The do nothing congress got something done!

    August 2, 2012 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  9. Miles

    Seems both sides are going to double-down on having control of the White House and Congress. High stakes and everyone is keeping up a good poker face for the American people, I guess they think the first one to blink (fillbustering and other disfunction) will be the weather bell of the losers come November. Very intersting to see how it plays out and who blinks first ;)

    August 2, 2012 04:29 am at 4:29 am |